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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Champions League semi-final result and reaction as Fullkrug scores winner

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Champions League semi-final result and reaction as Fullkrug scores winner

Borussia Dortmund took a step closer to the Champions League final after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the Signal Iduna Park in their semi-final first leg.

The hosts controlled the match from kick off and were made to work with Jadon Sancho in particular a fierce threat on the right hand side.

It was a simple over the top pass from Nico Schlotterbeck that brought the goal. Niclas Fullkrug nipping in behind and slotting past Gianluigi Donnarumma for the opener.

PSG started the second half in blistering fashion with Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi both hitting the post but theyr were unable to draw level and will trail by one goal when the tie continues in Paris next week.

Relive the updates from the Champions League semi-final first leg, below, and get the latest Borussia Dortmund vs PSG predictions and odds here.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG LIVE: Latest Champions League updates

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund 1 – 0 Paris Saint-Germain FC

Borussia Dortmund emerge with the advantage but PSG tie still in flux after night of missed chances

22:22 , Mike Jones

Might the story of the season suddenly be happening out of nowhere, like another sublime Jadon Sancho run? Nobody has given Borussia Dortmund a chance in these Champions League semi-finals but, in part because Paris Saint-Germain couldn’t take any massive chances of their own, the German club at least have one foot in Wembley.

That came from the one goal in this tie, that was itself struck by another unfashionable figure in Niclas Fullkrug, but it could have been so many more.

It was a 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund that could have been a 7-6 either way. If PSG are to face disappointment in this competition once again, the Qatari project will look to this tie and wonder how they missed so many opportunities. Then again, they should also wonder how they gave up so many.

Dortmund emerge with the advantage over PSG after night of missed chances

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22:38 , Mike Jones

More from Hummels speaking about Niclas Fullkrug’s winner: “If you opponent tries to press you and play with a high line you have to try to come in behind.

“It was a great ball from Nico Schlotterbeck and a great run from Niclas Fullkrug. We had a few other chances like this, Karim Adeyemi tried to go there, but didn’t get the outcome. It is always a danger and creates chances for us.

“It is 90-minutes to the final and we know we want to get there. We put our heart onto the pitch to achieve this and we are one little step closer but, we are not over the finish line yet.”

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22:37 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, speaking to TNT Sports: “It was intense but it was a lot of fun to play in this stadium with the fans behind us. The team gave it all, 100%, and we worked well together.

“We didn’t play perfect so it is good to see we don’t play perfect and still can get such a good result against a very good team. All round we can be very happy.

“We know how hard it is for opponents to beat us here. If you come to Dortmund you know how hard it is. the problem is we still have to go to Paris, we know how hard it is to to go there.

“I don’t think I’ve ever won there. But we can look forward to a great game on Tuesday.”

FT Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

22:22 , Mike Jones

Jadon Sancho completed 12 dribbles for Dortmund tonight. That’s the most by a player in a Champions League semi-final since…. Lionel Messi in 2008.

It is the most by an Englishman in the competition since 2003-04.

Full-time! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:57 , Mike Jones

90+4 mins: The whistle goes to end this semi-final first leg in Dortmund. It’s the home side that take the spoils but their lead isn’t huge and they’ll still have a battle on their hands in Paris.

Another Champions League semi-final tie set up nicely.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

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90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:50 , Mike Jones

87 mins: Felix Nmecha replaces Julian Brandt and Marius Wolf comes on in place of Julian Ryerson for Borussia Dortmund as they look to see out this game.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:48 , Mike Jones

84 mins: Close. PSG bring the ball down the right wing and square a pass into box. Kylian Mbappe gets on the end of it and then flicks it on but a shot from Muani is blocked and cleared.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:43 , Mike Jones

81 mins: Sabitzer drifts into the right side of the box as Julian Brandt brings the ball down the left. The cross comes in and loops over Nuno Mendes seemingly creating a chance for Sabitzer to shoot.

However, he fails to control the ball properly and it bounces out for a goal kick.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:40 , Mike Jones

78 mins: Borussia Dortmund were the underdogs heading into this match but they’re doing what they need to at the minute. One goal may not be enough for them to challenge when they head to Paris next week.

PSG may need to think about ensuring that that doesn’t happen.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:35 , Mike Jones

75 mins: Save! Kylian Mbappe almost creates a perfect chance for Paris Saint-Germain. He brings the ball into the box then flicks a pass into the path of Ousmane Dembele.

The striker shoots first time but Gregor Kobel manages to drop down and keep it out.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:34 , Mike Jones

72 mins: Jadon Sancho has completed 10 dribbles tonight, the most by a player in a Champions League semi-final since Lionel Messi in April 2008 against Man Utd (16).

Manchester United, who are reportedly willing to put him up for sale in the summer.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:32 , Mike Jones

69 mins: Luis Enrique has made a change for Paris Saint-Germain with Bradley Barcola taken off and replaced by Randal Kolo Muani.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:29 , Mike Jones

66 mins: Ian Maatsen takes a shot from range and lifts the ball over the top of the crossbar. Borussia Dortmund have swung the momentum back in their favour now.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:27 , Mike Jones

63 mins: Oh close! Sancho comes inside and passes the ball across to Ian Maatsen bombing up from the left wing. He looks to slip in Karim Adeyemi but Achraf Hakimi intercepts and gets the ball clear.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:25 , Mike Jones

60 mins: Jadon Sancho skips down the right side of the pitch then slips a pass across to Nical Fullkrug whos effort gets deflected out of play.

It’s a sign of life from the host team.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:22 , Mike Jones

55 mins: PSG have the momentum now. They’ve been the better and more aggressive team since the restart and will be searching for the equaliser.

Dortmund need to weather this storm.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:16 , Mike Jones

52 mins: Chance! A brilliant curling shot from Kylian Mbappe smacks the inside of the post and comes back out where it gets collect by Achraf Hakimi who rolls a second effort into the near post.

Twice PSG hit the woodwork!

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

21:11 , Mike Jones

48 mins: Paris Saint-Germain are looking increasingly more frustrated as Dortmund begin to sit deeper and wait for their time to get on the ball.

Second half! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

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Borussia Dortmund get the second half underway at the Signal Iduna Park.

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Half-time! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

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45+4 mins: Borussia Dortmund take the lead into the half-time break.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

20:48 , Mike Jones

45 mins: There are four minutes of added time to play in the first half.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

20:46 , Mike Jones

44 mins: Save! Marcel Sabitzer is denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma after Dortmund work the ball into the box from the right side of the pitch.

He takes a quick snatch shot and the goalkeeper drops low to the right to keep the ball out. Great save!

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

20:44 , Mike Jones

41 mins: That could end up being a big goal for Borussia Dortmund. The home side’s fans erupt in jubilation and PSG have work to do now to get back in the game.

GOAL! Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG (Fullkrug, 35’)⚽️

20:41 , Mike Jones

35 mins: Niklas Fullkrug has the opening goal of the night!

Nico Schlotterbeck plays a precise pass over the top of the PSG back line for the run of the 31-year-old. The striker cushions the delivery with a perfect touch with his right, bringing the ball down and drilling a powerful low, left-footed shot.

He beats Gianluigi Donnarumma and sends the ball into the back of the net.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:33 , Mike Jones

31 mins: From a corner, Brandt’s delivery is curled into the middle of the penalty area. Dortmund then look to send the ball back to Brandt but he’s offside when the pass is played and PSG are awarded a free kick of their own.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:31 , Mike Jones

28 mins: Julian Brandt swings in a free kick for Dortmund from the left side of the box. It’s cleared as far as Jadon Sancho who ducks and weaves back into the penalty area before offloading the ball.

Brandt, who’s cut back inside, takes a shot and has the effort blocked.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:29 , Mike Jones

25 mins: Niclas Fullkrug has a go for Borussia Dortmund but he’s a long way out and his effort gets blocked. The noise level has not dropped from the enthusiastic home fans.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:26 , Mike Jones

22 mins: Borussia Dortmund defender Ian Maatsen collects a yellow card after flying in on Warren Zaïre-Emery. It was a rash and late challenge, an easy decision for the referee.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:23 , Mike Jones

19 mins: PSG win a free kick over on the right wing inside Dortmund’s final third. Dembele whips the set piece into the middle of the penalty area but the ball is blocked by a Dortmund shirt.

Lucas Hernandez takes a knock to the head and goes down but he’s okay to play on.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:19 , Mike Jones

16 mins: Marcel Sabitzer looks to sneak in behind the PSG defence after a pass comes over the top but Achraf Hakimi is aware of the danger and has a head start on the midfielder to get to the ball first.

PSG then transition well and send the ball up to Kylian Mbappe. He drives it forward and waits for his teammates to arrive. The ball comes over to Ousmane Dembele who goes for goal again and sends this effort just wide of the post too.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:17 , Mike Jones

13 mins: Save! Jadon Sancho wins the ball back on the right wing and slots it forward to Julian Brandt. He feeds it into the box for Marcel Sabitzer who takes a first time shot towards goal and fizzes his effort straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The big goalkeeper gets low and stops the effort, denying Dortmund the opening goal.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:14 , Mike Jones

10 mins: Paris pus up the pitch and come from the right by feeding the ball to Ousmane Dembele. He drifts into space on the edge of the box and lets fly with a decent hit.

Gregor Kobel spies it early and watches as the ball flies wide of the far post.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:12 , Mike Jones

7 mins: Dortmund fizz a cross in from the left but it flies through the penalty area and almost drops for Jadon Sancho by the back post but the midfielder can’t reach it.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:07 , Mike Jones

3 mins: PSG have a few decent moments inside the Dortmund final third but nothing too threatening for the home side who go on to recover possession and look to push their opponents back.

Julian Ryerson and Jadon Sancho combine on the right side but Lucas Hernandez nicks the ball off the midfielder who attempts to weave into the box.

Borussia Dortmund 0-0 PSG

20:04 , Mike Jones

Paris Saint-Germain get the ball rolling in Germany. They’re up against it this evening inside the cauldron that is the Signal Iduna Park.

The first goal could be a crucial one to determine who wins this tie.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:58 , Mike Jones

Here come the players. Kick off is up next…

Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl, speaking to TNT Sports:

19:53 , Mike Jones

“Everyone is looking forward [to the game]. It’s a great stadium with a great atmosphere. To be in the last four teams is a big achievement, we want to use these two matches to get to Wembley.

“The team is full of energy and I am pretty optimistic.”

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:50 , Mike Jones

Matchday 1 was Paris’s third successive European game against German opponents, having lost home and away against Bayern in last season’s round of 16.

A 3-2 first-leg win at Bayern in the quarter-finals three seasons ago is Paris’s only victory in their last seven games in Germany (D2 L4).

A 3-1 defeat at Bayern on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 Champions League ended Paris’s seven-match unbeaten run against German clubs, home and away (W5 D2). Their overall record since then is W6 D2 L6.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:45 , Mike Jones

That 2020 tie against PSG was Dortmund’s last contest against a French club before Matchday 1 this year.

Dortmund were unbeaten in their first six home games against French clubs (W3 D3) but have lost two of the subsequent six matches, winning three.

Defeat in Paris four seasons ago ended Dortmund’s three-game winning run against French opponents. They have now lost two of the last three, drawing the other.

Borussia Dortmund are the anti-establishment – can they be saviours of the Champions League?

19:40 , Mike Jones

As Borussia Dortmund prepare for their biggest European game in 11 years, they’re also thinking about next year. There is increasing talk around the club about bringing former manager Jurgen Klopp back as head of football in 2025.

For some at Dortmund, this is the inevitable end point of a long period harking back to the 2010-13 glory era, with the club constantly rehiring familiar figures. This isn’t necessarily seen as a good thing, either. There is a strong argument it has prevented the club from progressing. They don’t even have a truly great young talent they can sell on right now, a policy that has sustained the club in past seasons.

Can Borussia Dortmund be the saviours of the Champions League?

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:35 , Mike Jones

The teams’ only other meetings came in the 2010/11 Europa League group stage, when both games ended all square.

An 87th-minute goal from Paris substitute Clément Chantôme cancelled out Nuri Şahin’s penalty opener for Dortmund five minutes into the second half on Matchday 3.

The game at the Parc des Princes two weeks later finished goalless.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:30 , Mike Jones

The teams crossed paths in the 2019/20 Champions League round of 16, Paris overturning a first-leg defeat to win 3-2 on aggregate on their way to the final, which they would lose to Bayern.

Dortmund were 2-1 winners in the opening game in Germany, Erling Haaland scoring twice on his first European appearance for the club either side of Neymar’s 75th-minute leveller.

The Brazilian struck again at the Parc des Princes to level the tie, Neymar scoring in the 28th minute before Juan Bernat got what proved to be the decisive goal of the contest a minute into first-half added time.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:25 , Mike Jones

Paris were victorious at the Parc des Princes on 19 September thanks to goals early in the second half from Kylian Mbappé and former Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi.

The French side needed a 56th-minute equaliser from Warren Zaïre-Emery to rescue that crucial 1-1 draw in Dortmund on 13 December, Karim Adeyemi having put the home side in front five minutes earlier.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:20 , Mike Jones

PSG, meanwhile, are in the last four for the third time in five seasons and the fourth overall – but have won only one of their previous contests at this stage, and none over two legs.

The winners of this tie will play Bayern or Real Madrid in the final at Wembley on 1 June.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:15 , Mike Jones

This is Borussia Dortmund’s fourth Champions League semi-final and a first since reaching the final in 2012/13, when they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the decider at Wembley.

With this season’s final also being played in London could we see a repeat of that showpiece match with both German clubs getting there?

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:10 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain meet for the third time in this season’s Champions League with a place in the final the prize for the winners of their semi-final tie.

The pair were drawn together in Group F with Paris winning 2-0 in France on Matchday 1 before the teams met again in Germany on Matchday 6.

With Dortmund already through to the round of 16, Paris needed a 1-1 draw to join their hosts in the knockout rounds, BVB finishing with 11 points in the section, three above their French visitors, who edged out AC Milan on head-to-head record.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

19:05 , Mike Jones

Dortmund are unbeaten when facing Paris on home turf, drawing two of the three such encounters across all competitions to date.

Terzic names same team

19:01 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund’s line-up is as expected, Edin Terzić naming the same starting XI that triumphed in a dramatic turnaround in the second leg of the quarter-final against Atlético de Madrid.

There are plenty of attacking options on the home side’s bench to choose from, namely Malen, Haller, Bynoe-Gittens and Reus.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:55 , Mike Jones

PSG are set for their fourth semi-final appearance in the Champions League, and first since the 2020/21 campaign.

Skipper Marquinhos gave PSG a 15th-minute first-leg lead against Man City, but the Premier League outfit would go on to triumph 4-1 on aggregate.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG line-ups

18:53 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund XI: Kobel; Ryerson, Schlotterbeck, Hummels, Maatsen; Adeyemi, Brandt, Sabitzer, Emre Can, Sancho; Fullkrug.

PSG XI: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Lucas Hernandez, Nuno Mendes; Zaire-Emery, Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz; Dembele, Mbappe Barcola.

Here’s a bit more from Jadon Sancho:

18:50 , Mike Jones

“It’s always nice to come back and have the feeling of people, especially 80,000 people, screaming your name. It’s kind of hard to believe.

“I’ve been there before and it’s a nice feeling. It just gives you a lot of confidence going into the game, and having that support behind you is always a nice feeling for a player.”

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:48 , Mike Jones

PSG manager Luis Enrique said his side were “here to enjoy it” when they face Dortmund, who won the Champions League in 1997 and are fifth in the German Bundesliga.

“What’s great about being here is that we can enjoy a really special game at a unique stadium in Europe,” said the Spaniard.

“We have a chance to make our fans really happy by reaching the final. That’s what we’ve earned the right to do. We’ll try to enjoy that.”

Luis Enrique thinks PSG are peaking at right time for Champions League glory

18:40 , Mike Jones

Paris St Germain coach Luis Enrique believes the timing is perfect for their Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.

Enrique’s side have travelled to Germany for Wednesday’s first leg having been crowned as French champions at the weekend, and with a place in the Coupe de France final against Lyon booked.

The Champions League remains the missing piece for the capital club, and this could be their best chance of securing it before Kylian Mbappe moves on in the summer.

Luis Enrique thinks PSG are peaking at right time for Champions League glory

Jadon Sancho on returning to Dortmund in January:

18:35 , Mike Jones

“Dortmund’s always a special place for me. This is where I built my name and obviously Dortmund gave me the platform to express myself, so it was a very nice feeling coming back here.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with the club, even when I left. I always followed the club and its position.”

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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:30 , Mike Jones

Dortmund are ready for another Champions League night in front of the Yellow Wall:

PSG were ‘made to win Champions League’ says Terzic

18:25 , Mike Jones

Paris Saint-Germain were “built to win the Champions League” says Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzic. His team meet the French champions in the first leg of the semi-finals on Wednesday.

The French side, who beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals, lost to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.

“The project in Paris began with the goal of winning the Champions League,” said Terzic. “That’s been their main objective for a decade.

“Maybe we’re the team with less experience, but we may have the greatest hunger.

“When everyone digs in, not just those on the field and on the bench but everyone in the stadium, we’ve got a huge opportunity – and we need to take it.”

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:20 , Mike Jones

PSG looked in good spirits at training ahead of tonight’s match against Borussia Dortmund:

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Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:15 , Mike Jones

Paris will be making their fourth appearance in the Champions League semi-finals this evening.

They’ve previously been eliminated at this stage of the competition by Milan in 1994/95, and Man City in 2020/21.

However, they did prevail against German opposition on their way to their only final, overcoming RB Leipzig 3-0 in a one-legged affair during the truncated 2019/20 campaign.

What happened last night?

18:10 , Mike Jones

A vintage Champions League display from Real Madrid reveals how Bayern Munich can beat them.

A game that had almost everything was never going to leave Real Madrid with nothing. That’s just not how they do things in the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s side probably deserved to lose. They were definitely the inferior side. Their English star had a much more challenging night than Bayern Munich’s English star.

And yet it is the 14-time champions that of course leave a big European night that bit more satisfied. Real Madrid have a 2-2 draw and now have the chance to win this semi-final in their own stadium.

It didn’t quite go the way everyone expected after Vinicius Junior’s opening goal, given how impressively Bayern Munich rallied. And yet the Germans – and even Harry Kane – will feel they could have scored far more.

A vintage display from Real Madrid reveals how Bayern Munich can beat them

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

18:05 , Mike Jones

PSG coach, Luis Enrique, speaking about a possible quad-ruple for the French side: “There’s one month left before the end of the season and we can still win all four competitions; we must manage our emotions well and we must not see pressure as a threat.

“It is a beautiful thing to enjoy a special match in a unique stadium in Europe and to have the opportunity to reach the final for our supporters.

“It’s going to be a very good show, there could be a lot of goals.”

More from Edin Terzic:

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“In the group stage, we saw a significantly different game against Paris in our stadium. It was a very open match in which we were a bit closer to winning.

“Paris are currently at their peak and we have to top the performance we showed back then. We are confident we will show we have improved.

“I think every opponent aims to stop Kylian Mbappé, but that doesn’t always work. We have to prepare for everything.”

Terzic on semi-final against PSG

17:55 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic spoke about his team’s chances of reaching the Champions League final and explained how he feels that they learned from the previous encounters against PSG.

“You could sense in the return leg that we had learned the lessons from the first game,” Terzic said, “Now PSG look to be at their very peak this season with only one defeat in 2024 and a good run of results.

“We will have to show an improved performance from that in Dortmund. We are confident that will show it tomorrow and next week in Paris.

“The clear goal is to gain a small advantage after the game tomorrow. We know we have to play at least 180 minutes at the highest level to have any shot at our dream.”

Borussia Dortmund boosted by return of four key players ahead of PSG Champions League clash

17:50 , Mike Jones

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and forward Donyell Malen are likely to be fit in time for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at home against Paris St Germain, coach Edin Terzic said on Tuesday.

Dortmund will have Emre Can and Ian Maatsen back from suspension while Sabitzer, who was out ill for several days, and Dutch international Malen, recovering from an injury picked up in last month’s international duty, have returned to training.

Dortmund boosted by return of four key players ahead of PSG clash

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:45 , Mike Jones

Luis Enrique’s men have been the more prolific of the two sides in the knockout stage this season, racking up 10 goals in their ties with Real Sociedad and Barcelona.

Dortmund have tended to save their best displays for their ‘Yellow Wall’, taking down PSV and Atlético de Madrid in front of their home fans to make it this far.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:39 , Mike Jones

Dortmund have only lost one of their previous eight home matches in Uefa competition semi-finals with five wins and two draws.

It is more of a mixed bag for Paris Saint-Germain, though, as they have won only one of their last five matches in the Champions League semi-finals.

However, they did come out on top in the only Uefa competition two-legged tie against BVB – a 3-2 aggregate win in the 2019/20 Champions League round of 16.

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:33 , Mike Jones

This is Borussia Dortmund’s fifth European Cup/Champions League semi-final but their first since they saw off Real Madrid in 2013.

A repeat of the final against Bayern that year could be on the cards if their fellow German side come through their last-four tie against Los Blancos following a 2-2 draw last night.

PSG, meanwhile, are through to their fourth Champions League semi-final, having failed to reach that stage in the European Cup era.

Dortmund vs PSG

17:27 , Mike Jones

These two clubs meet again following their two outings in Group F earlier this season.

Those contests may have left Dortmund with a feeling of what might have been given they were defeated 2-0 by Paris at the Parc des Princes in the first head to head before drawing 1-1 at home.

They had already qualified before that latter encounter on Matchday 6, when they took the lead in a game in which would have meant elimination for PSG if they lost given AC Milan’s victory at Newcastle.

Letting that goal slip could come back to haunt the German side if PSG manage to best them over two legs in the semi-finals.

The Champions League has gone stale and is past the point of no return

17:22 , Mike Jones

If the Champions League this week left you feeling bored – and that’s if you were even watching in the first place – it wasn’t quite the sentiment being shared within Uefa.

There is excitement at the fact the quarter-finals is now close to having one club from each of its major TV markets: that’s England, Spain, Germany and France, with Italy still able to make it five from five. This, in the words of Uefa insiders, is much more important than actually competitive and compelling ties.

It is a motivation that explains how the competition has gone so stale, as well as how the wider European football landscape has completely stagnated. The Champions League is only becoming as predictable as many domestic leagues. Profit has been prioritised over the health of the game, leading to growing financial disparities that are now beginning to existentially threaten the sport’s lifeblood of unpredictability.

The Champions League has gone stale and is past the point of no return

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG prediction

17:16 , Mike Jones

This will be the third time that Borussia Dortmund and PSG have faced each other in this season’s Champions League as the teams were drawn in the same group.

The previous fixture in Germany ended in a 1-1 draw after the Parisians had won 2-0 at home. Dortmund have since improved, aided by the return of Jadon Sancho, but a focused and determined PSG may still be too much for them.

Dortmund 1-3 PSG.

Predicted line-ups

17:10 , Mike Jones

Dortmund: Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson; Can, Sabitzer; Adeyemi, Brandt, Sancho, Fullkrug

PSG: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Hernandez, Nunes; Vitinha, Zaire-Emery, Ruiz; Dembele, Mbappe, Barcola

What is the team news?

17:06 , Mike Jones

Edin Terzic will be without Sebastian Haller who has missed the last couple of games with an ankle injury, while Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen and Donyell Malen are both doubts.

Mats Hummels was substituted off in their 4-1 defeat to RB Leipzig at the weekend, but Dortmund hope to have him back for the first leg.

As for PSG, this evening’s game has come too early for long-term absentee Presnel Kimpembe, but they have been boosted by the fact he has returned to individual training.

He is the only player unavailable for Enrique, who rested some of his stars in PSG’s 3-3 draw with Le Havre.

How to watch Borussia Dortmund vs PSG

17:00 , Mike Jones

The match will kick-off at 8:00pm BST on Wednesday 1 May at the Signal Iduna Park, Germany.

It will be shown live on TNT Sports 1, with coverage starting from 7pm BST. Subscribers can stream the action via Discovery+. Purchase a TNT Sports subscription via Discovery+ here, for only £30.99 per month.

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14:28 , Mike Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Borussia Dortmund take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their semi-final clash.

Yesterday, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid played out a 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena meaning their tie will come down to whoever is triumphant in Spain next week.

Tonight, Dortmund have the chance to put their stamp on this last-four encounter as they play at home against the French champions. They have not reached this stage of the competition since 2012/13 but went on to reach the final that year.

PSG, meanwhile, are still hoping to collect their first European title but know that they will have a difficult task on their hands this evening. Dortmund are wyly competitiors at home and the yellow wall of fans can be intimidating.

We’ll have all the action throughout the afternoon including team news, manager’s thoughts and all the latest updates so stick with us as we build up to kick off at 8pm.

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